House Democrats name for investigation into Clarence Thomas over corruption claims

A number of House Democrats, led by Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are urging the Justice Department to launch a probe into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “for consistently failing to report significant gifts he received from Harlan Crow and other billionaires for nearly two decades in defiance of his duty under federal law.”

In the 11 August letter addressed to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Democrats cited the bombshell studies by ProPublica, alleging that Justice Thomas didn’t disclose luxurious journeys and presents from his billionaire good friend Harlan Crow.

They wrote that Mr Thomas didn’t disclose the presents, “despite certifying repeatedly that his financial disclosure forms are ‘accurate, true, and complete’ in certifications ‘subject to civil and criminal sanctions.’”

Supreme Court justices are required to file annual studies disclosing “financial income, gifts and reimbursements, property interests, liabilities, and transactions,” the letter states. While some bills could also be exempt from this requirement, the letter continues, “that exemption does not extend to the officer’s receipt of complimentary transportation, such as the extensive private jet, helicopter, and yacht travel received by Justice Thomas.”

It then lays out the results of violating the Ethics in Government Act, which states that the lawyer normal can convey a civil motion “against any individual who knowingly and willfully falsifies or who knowingly and willfully fails to file or report any information that such individual is required to report pursuant.”

The letter lays out the presents offered to the Supreme Court Justice from Mr Crow and different rich businessmen. “ All told, Thomas has received at least 38 designation vacations, 26 private jet flights, eight helicopter flights, VIP passes to sporting events, stays at luxury resorts, and an invitation to an exclusive golf club” and the estimated worth of his presents since his Supreme Court appointment quantities to tens of millions of {dollars}, in line with the letter.

The Supreme Court justice’s “consistent failure to disclose gifts and benefits from industry magnates and wealthy, politically active executives highlights a blatant disregard for judicial ethics as well as apparent legal violations,” the Democrats wrote.

“Refusing to hold him accountable would set a dangerous precedent,” they wrote.

The letter is signed by Reps Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler, Jamie Raskin, Hank Johnson, and Ted Lieu.

Mr Thomas has been underneath scrutiny over the previous few months following the blockbuster ProPublica studies. On Thursday, New Jersey Rep Bill Pascrell known as for his resignation: “He’s corrupt as hell and should resign today,” the lawmaker wrote.

Similarly, Rep Gerry Connolly wrote, “Thomas has repeatedly brought dishonor and ethical malpractice to our highest Court,” including, “I reiterate my call that he must resign. This is exactly why we need SCOTUS ethics reform.”

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